Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stopping Child Abuse; Virtus Workshop

Last week during class we had to take part of a workshop call Virtus. To be able to work with the children at St. Mary's it is required to take this workshop. This workshop was not a common one. The topic was children abuse mostly focusing on sexual abuse. We watch two films that explained real life situations spoken by either the abuser or the child that was abused. These poor people, it was heartbreaking to watch. Throughout the film we were taught warning signs of abuse and how to report an abuse. As I watched this film all I could think about was how could someone do something like this! But guess what it happens and by watching these films I learned signs to look out for as I work with children. Even though it was an emotional and disturbing workshop I am beyond glad I took it because now I know what to do to help a child that I believe is going through abuse and I could even stop the abuse from happening to that child. Knowing that I could save a child from being abused because I am now aware of signs makes me glab that there are workshops such as these. I believe that it is crucial to report an abuse if you notice a child displaying signs of abuse. It personally drives me crazy to thing about the scandal at Penn State. If someone just called the hot line and reported the abuse they could of stayed anonymous but they would of stop the abuse sooner and could have avoided many children being abused. What were they thinking not reporting this? How could someone know about a situation like this and not get help? Another scandal that has recently been brought to public attention is at Syracuse University. Even though the abuse happened many years ago it is now being revealed. If someone would have reported this abuse when the signs were being shown this man would have not been able to abuse any more children. As a future educator I will be spending majority of my time with children. It is my job to keep them safe when they are under my responsibility and thanks to the Virtus workshop I will be able to try protect my students from abuse by being aware of the warning signs. Also I have learned the proper way to report an abuse and I will not hesitate to do so. Being a teacher parents and guardians look to you to protect their children as well as educate them I believe every educator should be educated on abuse warning signs and the proper way to report an abuse.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

First time at St. Mary's

Monday was my first lab at St. Mary's school. I have to say I was a little over whelmed at at first, but after observing the students and seeing what we are excepted to do it seemed alittle easier. When we first got there all the children were running around, it seemed to be very wild but as the teacher assistants started to take control and the children started to playing activities everything seem in great control. It surprised me how almost all of the students were interested in playing the activities. When we were finally allowed to interact with the children it made my nerves settle completely. Working with the children made me so happy and it helped me realize why I want to be a physical educator. I can not wait to go back to St. Mary's and work with the children again. I know I'll be nervous my first time teaching the kids but it is all worth it in the end! This is going to be a great experience and I am certain that this will help me become a better educator in my future. Lets change the future through physical education!

First Lab at St. Mary's

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Learn though the physical and the impacts physical activity has on affective growth

Learn through the physical...What does this mean? It took a while for me to break this down and figure out the over all meaning. This statement could be seen in many different ways. However, as for me, I looked at the meaning of the words "learn" and "physical"; learn: to acquire knowledge of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience and physical: involving or characterized by vigorous bodily activity By looking at these two meanings I believe the statement means to acquire knowledge about a skill by using bodily activities. This statement can explain why many people say, "Seeing something be done helps me learn better. " By seeing an instructor physically do what you are learning your body tries to teach itself by repeating what the instructor does. Repeating physical activities to help learn something makes it easier to memorize and learn.

How physical activity impacts affective growth.
Affective growth is learning that increases the ability of children to act, interact, and react effectively with other people as well as with themselves. A child will determine how he/she see their would their environment and the people surrounding them. As a physical educator, one can use physical activities that all children win and there in no student that is the over all winner. By doing this you can help your students affective growth by helping their self-esteem. Once a student feels like he/she are in control of the out come of their life affective growth is taken place. Physical activities cant either help or damage affective growth of a child. As an physical educator is it ones job to choose the right activities that will give each child confidence and allows them to have the sense of control over the game. No child should play games that make them feel bad about themselves. It is the physical educators job to make sure the physical activities impact affective growth of the children.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Feelings about PED 201 first class

I was a little nervous about going to the first class I was not sure what to expect. My nervous calmed down as I entered the class and saw a lot of familiar faces. Professor Yang came into the room and explained the class and talked about our of campus lab. He explain the location and what we were going to do there. Hearing about the lab make me very excited to start working with the students at St. Marys. My passion is to help children learn new things and have fun doing it. I am looking forward to our labs for this class. Anyways, Professor Yang went on and explained everything about blogging and all the other thing on the internet we have to do for his class. I have to say it was a little overwhelming at first abut I'm starting to get a hang of it all. I never blogged before and I have grown to like it! Its kind of like writing a public diary. I believe blogging will help me get out what I need to say about a certain topic and I feel this will help me in the future as an educator. It seems to me this class will help me in general to become a better educator especially working with the students of St. Mary's. Well, that's it for now my first lab at St. Mary's tomorrow can't wait to see how it goes!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Post 1

Blogging for class? Is is a new thing for me but I find it very interesting. I feel this will be good in a way because we can see how our classmates feel about a certain topic and try to compare. Hopefully by blogging it will make the class easier to understand. On another note over this break I tried to relax as much as I can and I also volunteered at my hometown high school by helping the cheerleading head coach with running practices. I also spoke to my old PE teacher from high school and asked her many questions about this career. She gave me great advice and I believe this will help me become a better teacher and be able to help my future students to learn as effective as possible.